YORKVILLE — He really wanted pie.
An Uptown man was arrested Saturday for trying to rob a Key Food grocery store on Second Avenue with an umbrella, all for the taste of one $3 Entenmann's cherry pie, police said.
Just after noon on Saturday, a store employee saw 37-year-old Jonah Parsoff, leaving the 1769 Second Ave. store, near 92nd Street, without paying for a cherry pie that the man had placed in a plastic bag, police said.
When the employee tried to stop him, Parsoff grabbed the employee's gold chain necklace, ripped it off his neck, and started swing the chain at him. Parsoff grabbed an umbrella and swung it toward other employees, hitting one in the stomach twice, demanding the food in his bag, but numerous employees pinned him to the ground, according a criminal complaint.
Police arrived, but Parsoff resisted arrest, the NYPD said.
At his arraignment, Parsoff was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, criminal mischief, and petit larceny. He was released without bail and is due back in court June 12, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
His attorney did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.
Key Food employees declined to comment.